Deploying a python application with shared package
I'm thinking how to arrange a deployed python application which will have a
- Executable script located in /usr/bin/ which will provide a CLI to functionality implemented in
- A library installed to wherever the current site-packages directory is.
Now, currently, I have the following directory structure in my sources:
foo.py foo/ __init__.py ...
which I guess is not the best way to do things. During development, everything works as expected, however when deployed, the "from foo import FooObject" code in foo.py seemingly attempts to import foo.py itself, which is not the behaviour I'm looking for.
So the question is what is the standard practice of orchestrating situations like this? One of the things I could think of is, when installing, rename foo.py to just foo, which stops it from importing itself, but that seems rather awkward...
Another part of the problem, I suppose, is that it's a naming challenge. Perhaps call the executable script foo-bin.py?
Asked by: Kelsey262 | Posted: 01-10-2021
This article is pretty good, and shows you a good way to do it. The second item from the Do list answers your question.
shameless copy paste:
Answered by: Blake359 | Posted: 02-11-2021
Filesystem structure of a Python project
by Jp Calderone
- name the directory something related to your project. For example, if your project is named "Twisted", name the top-level directory for its source files
Twisted. When you do releases, you should include a version number suffix:
- create a directory
Twisted/binand put your executables there, if you have any. Don't give them a
.pyextension, even if they are Python source files. Don't put any code in them except an import of and call to a main function defined somewhere else in your projects.
- If your project is expressable as a single Python source file, then put it into the directory and name it something related to your project. For example,
Twisted/twisted.py. If you need multiple source files, create a package instead (
Twisted/twisted/, with an empty
Twisted/twisted/__init__.py) and place your source files in it. For example,
- put your unit tests in a sub-package of your package (note - this means that the single Python source file option above was a trick - you always need at least one other file for your unit tests). For example,
Twisted/twisted/test/. Of course, make it a package with
Twisted/twisted/test/__init__.py. Place tests in files like
Twisted/setup.pyto explain and install your software, respectively, if you're feeling nice.
- put your source in a directory called
lib. This makes it hard to run without installing.
- put your tests outside of your Python package. This makes it hard to run the tests against an installed version.
- create a package that only has a
__init__.pyand then put all your code into
__init__.py. Just make a module instead of a package, it's simpler.
- try to come up with magical hacks to make Python able to import your module or package without having the user add the directory containing it to their import path (either via
PYTHONPATHor some other mechanism). You will not correctly handle all cases and users will get angry at you when your software doesn't work in their environment.
Distutils supports installing modules, packages, and scripts. If you create a distutils
setup.py which refers to
foo as a package and
foo.py as a script, then
foo.py should get installed to
/usr/local/bin or whatever the appropriate script install path is on the target OS, and the
foo package should get installed to the
You should call the executable just
foo.py, then attempts to import foo will not use it.
As for naming it properly: this is difficult to answer in the abstract; we would need to know what specifically it does. For example, if it configures and controls, calling it -config or ctl might be appropriate. If it is a shell API for the library, it should have the same name as the library.Answered by: Darcy201 | Posted: 02-11-2021
Your CLI module is one thing, the package that supports it is another thing. Don't confuse the names withe module
foo (in a file
foo.py) and the package
foo (in a directory
foo with a file
You have two things named
foo: a module and a package. What else do you want to name
foo? A class? A function? A variable?
Pick a distinctive name for the foo module or the foo package.
foolib, for example, is a popular package name.
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